Best Kayaking Books 2020 – Kayaking Books Every Paddler Should Read

Nothing beats a good book, especially when its about kayaking or paddling. As an avid kayaker, I have always appreciated the books published by the expert paddlers to share their stories, techniques, and how to's with the community. These books will enrich you with knowledge of paddling. Some of the books on this list are designed to help you paddle better. On the other hands, some of the kayaking books will inspire you to go on a kayaking trip in different parts of the world. It's a beautiful world, and a kayak is a great way to explore the beauty of it.

Best Kayaking Books 2020

Recreational Kayaking The Ultimate Guide


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Back in 2008, Ken Whiting published the ultimate guide on recreation kayaking. If you are new into the kayaking scenario and want a head start this a great book to start with. Ken is one of the most popular paddlers in the world, and learning about kayaking through his eyes will help you enjoy it more. This easy-to-read book about kayaking will help you make it fun and safe to paddle. It is available at a very cheap price, and both newbies and experienced paddlers will find a thing or two to learn from this book.

The Art of Kayaking


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Written by Nigel Foster, The Art of Kayaking focuses on everything you need to know about the paddler. This sweet book is available in both paperback and digital version. It comes with a lot of information covering skills, techniques, types of kayaks, and more. Planning is an important step to have fun paddling. There are maps, table, and diagrams available on the book to help the reader walk through the necessary planning steps. There are color photo action sequences available on the book to help the newbies learn skills and how to apply them. You start as a beginner, and you progress to learn more information to be a pro.

Fifty Places to Paddle
Before You Die


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The title of the book explains what to expect from the book. Paddling is one of the best outdoor activities one can imagine. You can explore a lot of stunning places by paddling. In this book, the author, Chris Santella, takes us to fifty amazing places to paddle. These amazing places are great for kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and stand-up paddleboarding. Some of the places in this list are Grand Canyon, Baja California, Indonesia's Komodo Islands, Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, Antarctic Peninsula, and more. You will find not only the vibrant photographs of these places but also travel tips to make your trips more exciting and fun-filled with memories.

The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking


No matter your ability level, this book about sea kayaking is a must if you are a fan of sea kayaking. Late Derek C Hutchinson, an internationally famous sea kayaker wrote this masterpiece in 1976. The Complete Book of Sea Kayaking talks about the nitty-gritty of sea kayaking. You will earn about the types of equipment, basic and advanced techniques, understanding weather, navigation, and more via the authors own drawings, illustration, and color photographs. This is the new 40th-anniversary edition updated with latest sea kayaking developments by Wayne Horodowich.

Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont


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If you live close to New Hampshire and Vermont, or thinking of going there for vacation, this is going to be an excellent kayaking book for you. There are lots of flat water ponds, lakes, and rivers in these places, and they are featured in this guide. Try taking your friends and family to these places to enjoy the soothing sound of paddling on the lakes and rivers. You will find 95 great paddling trips through the Green mountain and Granite states. You can enjoy the beauty of ponds of Pillsbury State Park, and if you want, you can even go camping overnight. A lot of fellow kayakers rated this as one of their favorites, and I hope it serves you well.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Canoeing and Kayaking


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We try our best to help fellow paddlers to buy the best kayak on the market. As the name suggests, this is a great buying guide written for the newbies to learn more about the kayaking and canoes. It will help you learn the differences between the kayak and canoes. Top paddlesports experts gave their opinion on what a fellow new paddler need to learn before taking the plunge. You will learn to choose a kayak or canoe, understanding paddling techniques & strokes, how to plan, how to cloth, and more. Once you finish the 401 pages of the book, you will have more knowledge of kayaking then before.

How to Paddle a Kayak: The 90 Minute Guide to Master Kayaking and Learn to Paddle Like a Pro


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If you are one of those people who doesn't want to spend a lot of time reading and learning rather taking a short course, then this might be a great book for you. The author of this cheap kayaking book claims that it will take only 90 minutes of your time to learn how to paddle. Scott Parsons shared expert techniques for staying safe and paddling like a pro in just under 90 minutes. It is available in both Paperback and digital version. I would say this is one of those books which you can read in one sitting.

Kayak: The New Frontier: The Animated Manual of Intermediate and Advanced Whitewater Technique


This is one of those books that throws the information in a hilarious way. You will find lots of funny illustration on hippy hairboaters or insane youngster going through steep and rocky creeks. It has been updated recently to exhibit the new paddling equipment and kayak technology. Over 400 illustrations are used to help the reader understand the complex kayaking skills and techniques. You will learn a lot of difficult whitewater kayaking techniques that are hard to find online. The humor of the writing makes reading and learning easier than ever.

The Pacific Alone: The Untold Story of Kayaking's Boldest Voyage


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The Pacific Alone is not your average kayaking book but a journey of a young man on a kayak who sailed from California on a solo kayak towards Hawaii. It is okay if you think this is crazy, and most of the people will agree with you too. The constant abuse on his body from the relentless paddling while taking the pounding of the big ruthless swells from the Pacific makes it an amazing story to experience the journey through his eyes. He told the story of how the 63 days of kayak voyage went, and how ended up on Hawaii while starving for the last four days. The thrill, the enjoyment, the uncertainty makes it one of the best kayaking books out there in the market.

Paddle Pilgrim: Kayaking the Fjords of Norway


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Norway is one of the best countries for paddlers. It is famous for the breathtaking views of Fjords, mountains and the midnight sun. It will be hard to find a country like Norway that has so much to offer for outdoor lovers. Paddle pilgrim shares the story of the author's ancestors who emigrated from to America in the 1850's. The month-long paddle adventure on one of the places of planet earth, the magnificent Sogne and Hardanger Fjords in Norway. It shares daily detailed accounts of experience on the water and mountains, stunning photographs, and more. Grab a cup of coffee, and join the quest of exploring breathtaking fjords with David Ellingson.

Canoeing & Kayaking Florida


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If you are looking for ideas about canoeing and kayaking in Florida, you will love this amazing book. It is a comprehensive guide that has Florida's unique streams, springs, creeks, rivers, and more. Besides Florida's kayaking spots, you will also get the regional river map, kayak renting places, and many more attractions. Johnny Molloy recently updated the kayaking book with many new kayaking waterways and cool places. The book is available in kindle edition, hardcover, paperback, and mass-market pocketback.

No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon


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Did you know that Erik Weihenmayer, the writer of this book, is the only first and only blind person to summit Mount Everest? If you are looking for a life-changing kayaking story, you need to read this blind man's kayak journey to the grand canyon. Brad Meltzer, a New York Times best-seller, called this book inspiring. It was one of the finalists of the 2018 colorado book awards and won the honorable mention award winner in the outdoor literature category of 2017's national outdoor book awards.

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